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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Two reasonable value stocks raising dividends this week

With the stock market in distress and bonds yielding practically nothing many analysts and bloggers are proposing that investors should focus on companies paying dividends.

For this post, I've combined my Reasonable Value screen with a filter for those companies that have raised their dividend in the last week. Two stocks below qualified and, coincidentally, both raised their dividends by $0.08

Symbol Name IndustryPE PEG Price  To Sales Price To Book EV To EBITDA Debt To Equity New Dividend Previous Dividend
AFL Aflac Inc. Accident & Health Insurance 12.52 0.65 1.2 2.28 7.75 0.2645 1.2 1.12
ALTE Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd. Property-Casualty Insurers 4.91 0.62 1.22 0.73 N/A 0.0992 0.48 0.40

So are investors favoring these two companies? Here are the charts for each:



Though both stocks have wilted lately, Aflac seems to be holding up a bit better. Both the 200-day moving average and the 50-day moving average are still heading upward for Aflac while it looks like ALTE is really rolling over despite beating earnings expectations.

At this point, Aflac's dividend yield is 2.2% and Alterra Capital's yield is 2.7%. Compare this to the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond which is currently at 2.61%.

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